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Japanese Literature

Authors and Works

Links to Recommended Online Resources

Creighton University Campus, Local Access Resources

Selected Bibliography

Audiovisual Resources


Authors and Works


Links to Recommended Online Resources:

Dr. Robert Churchill's Handbook for the Study of Eastern Literatures:

Ancient Japan

Dr. Kathleen Rettig's Annotated Bibliography for the Study of Women's Literature:

Murasaki Shikibu

Dr. Fidel Fajardo-Acosta's World Literature Website:

Zeami Motokiyo, Atsumori (Noh Drama)

Japanese Text Initiative (University of Virginia/University of Pittsburgh project, on-line texts, links to other sites; soon to include Noh plays, the Manyoshu, etc.)

Noh and Kyogen Theatre (a site associated with; news portal for books about Japan and Japanese culture; news and reviews; rumors and recommendations; lists and biographies).


Creighton University Campus, Local Access Resources:

Reinert Alumni Library Collections

World Literature Program Library


Selected Bibliography **

Addiss, Stephen, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985)

Akinari, Ueda, Tales of the Spring Rain, trans. Barry Jackman (1975) PL794.8 .T351

-----, Ugetsu Monogatari: Tales of Moonlight and Rain, trans. Leon M. Zolbrod (1974)

-----, Tales of Moonlight and Rain, trans. Kengi Hamada (1972)

Aston, William George. A History of Japanese Literature (1972) PL 717 .A8 1972

Basho, Matsuo, Back Roads to Far Towns, trans. Cid Corman & Kamaike Susumu (1986)

-----, On Love and Barley, trans. Lucien Stryk (1985) PL794.4.A27 1985

-----, The Monkey's Straw Raincoat, trans. Earl Miner & Hiroko Odagiri (1981)

-----, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches, trans. Nobuyuki Yuasa (1966) PL794.4 .A29 1966 .

Bowring, Richard, The Tale of Genji (1988)

-----, Murasaki Shikibu: Her Diary and Poetic Memoirs (1982)

Brower, Robert Hopkins & Earl Miner, Japanese Court Poetry (1961) PL865 .B7

Carter, Steven D., Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology (1991) PL782.E3T7 1991

Chambers, Anthony H., The Secret Window : Ideal Worlds in Tanizaki's Fiction (1994) PL839.A7 Z58 1994

Cohen, William H., To Walk in Seasons: An Introduction to Haiku. PL 729 .C6

Danly, Robert Lyons, In the Shade of Spring Leaves: The Life and Writings of Higuchi Ichiyo, (1981) PL808.I4 Z63

Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco & Ezra Pound, The Classic Noh Theatre of Japan (1959) PL887 .F45 1959

Field, Norma, The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of Genji (1987) PL788.4.G43 F5 1987

Hall, John Whitney, Japan from Prehistory to Modern Times (1970) DS835 .H23 1970

Hare, Thomas Blenman, Zeami's Style : The Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo (1986) PL792.S4 Z72 1986 .

Henderson, Harold G., An Introduction to Haiku (1958)

Hibbett, Howard, The Floating World in Japanese Fiction (1975) PL747.35.H5 1975

Ito, Ken K., Visions of Desire: Tanizaki's Fictional Worlds (1991) PL839.A7Z695 1991

Kato, Shuichi, History of Japanese Literature (1981) PL 716 K2413 1981

Kawabata Yasunari, Beauty and Sadness, trans. Howard Hibbett (1996) PL832.A9 U813 1996

-----, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories, trans. Lane Dunlop & J. Martin Holman (1988) PL832.A9 P35 1988

-----, Japan, the Beautiful, and Myself, 1968 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1981) PL832.A9 J3 1981

-----, The Izu Dancer and Other Stories, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1974)

-----, The Master of Go, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1972) PL832.A9 M3

-----, The Sound of the Mountain, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1970) PL832.A9Y313 1996

-----, House of the Sleeping Beauties & Other Stories, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1969) PL832.A9H68 1980

-----, Thousand Cranes, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1959) PL832.A9 S413 1996

-----, Snow Country, trans. Edward Seidensticker (1956) PL832.A9 Y813 1996

Keene,Donald, No and Bunraku: Two Forms of Japanese Theatre (1990) PN2924.5.N6 K38 1990

-----, Travelers of a Hundred Ages (Japanese Diaries) (1989) PL741.K44 1989

-----, The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, (1988) PL726.1 .K44 1988

-----, Dawn to the West: Japanese Literature of the Modern Era. (1984) PL 726.55 .K39 1984

-----, Japanese Literature: An Introduction for Western Readers. (1977) PL 855 .K4 1977

-----, World Within Walls (1976)

-----, No: The Classical Theatre of Japan (1973) PN2924.5.N6 K4 1973

-----, Twenty Plays of the No Theatre (1970) PL782.E5 K4

-----, Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko (1967) PL791.6.T7 E48

Kitagawa, Joseph M. On Understanding Japanese Religion (1987) BL 2202 .K49 l987

LaFleur, William R. The Karma of Words: Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan. (1983) PL 726.33 .B8 l34 1983

Levy, Ian H., Hitomaro and the Birth of Japanese Lyricism (1984) PL728.15.L48 1984

Man'yoshu: The Ten Thousand Leaves, trans. Ian Hideo Levy (1981) PL758.15 .A3 1981

The Manyoshu, trans. Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai (1969) PL782.E3 M3 1969

McCullough, Helen C., Classical Japanese Prose, An Anthology (1990)

-----, Kokin Wakashu: The First Imperial Anthology of Japanese Poetry (1985)

-----, Brocade by Night: 'Kokin Wakashu' & and the Court Style in Japan (1985) PL728.22.M35 1985

Miyoshi, Masao, Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel (1996) PL747.55.M5 1996

Morris, Ivan I., The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan (1979) DS824 .M6 1979

Murasaki Shikibu, The Diary of Lady Murasaki, trans. Richard Bowring (1996) PL788.4.Z5 A3513 1996

-----, The Tale of Genji, trans. Edward G. Seidensticker. (1978) PL788.4.G4 E5 1978

-----, The Tale of Genji, trans. Arthur Waley (1960) PL788.4 .T3

O'Neill, P. G. (Patrick Geoffrey), Early No Drama: Its Background, Character, and Development (1974) PN2924.5.N6 O48 1974

Pekarik, Andrew, Ukifune : Love in The tale of Genji (1982) PL788.4.G43 U4 1982

Pollack, David, Reading Against Culture: Ideology and Narrative in the Japanese Novel (1992) PL747.65 .P65 1992.

Rimer, J. Thomas. A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature. (1991) PL 717 .R5 1991

Rimer, J. Thomas & Yamazaki Masakazu, On the Art of the No Drama : The Major Treatises of Zeami (1984) PN2924.5.N6 Z4213 1984

Rodd, Laura Rasplica & Mary Katherine Henkenius, Kokinshu: A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern (1984)

Saikaku, Ihara, The Great Mirror of Male Love (1990) PL794.N37E5 1990

-----, Some Final Words of Advice, trans. Peter Nosco (1980)
-----, Life of an Amorous Woman & Other Writings (1969) PL794.K613 1969

-----, The Japanese Family Storehouse, trans. G. W. Sargent (1959) PL794 .J37

-----, Five Women Who Loved Love, trans. William Theodore de Bary (1956)

Seidensticker, Edward, This Country, Japan (1979)

Sei Shonagon. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. trans. Ivan Morris (1971) PL788.6.M3 E56 1971

Shinkokai, Nippon Gakujutsu, The Noh Drama (1960) PL888 .N5 1960

Shirane, Haruo, The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of the 'Tale of Genji' (1987) PL788.4.G43S464 1987

The Tale of the Heike, trans. Helen C. McCullough (1988) PL790.H4 E5 1988

The Tale of the Heike , translated by Bruce T. Tsuchida Kitagawa (1975) PL790.H4 K5

Tanizaki, Junichiro, The Reed Cutter and Captain Shigemoto's Mother, trans. Anthony H. Chambers (1995) PL839.A7 A9413 1995

-----, Quicksand, trans. Howard Hibbett (1995) PL839.A7 M3613 1995

-----, Naomi (1990) PL839.A7C513 1990

-----, A Cat, a Man and Two Women, trans. Paul McCarthy (1990)

-----, Childhood Years, trans. Paul McCarthy (1988)

-----, The Secret History of Lord Musashi and Arrowroot, trans. Anthony H. Chambers (1982) PL839.A7 A23 1982

-----, Diary of a Mad Old Man, trans. Howard Hibbett (1965)

-----, Seven Japanese Tales, trans. Howard Hibbett (1963) PL838.A7 S4

-----, The Key, trans. Howard Hibbett (1961)

-----, The Makioka Sisters, trans. Edward G. Seidensticker (1957)

-----, Some Prefer Nettles, trans. Edward G. Seidensticker (1955)

Ueda, Makoto, Basho and His Interpreters (1992) PL794.4.Z5U39 1992

Waley, Arthur, The No Plays of Japan (1976) PL782.E5 W3 1976

Yasuda, Kenneth, Masterworks of the No Theater (1989) PL782.E5M27 1989

-----, The Japanese Haiku (1957)

Young, Blake Morgan, Ueda Akinari (1982)


Audiovisual Resources **

Jensen, Timothy A., "Teaching Oriental Classics to Western Students", lecture (August 20, 1993), 1 videocassette. World Literature Library, Hitchcock Communication Arts Building (CA), Room 303

----- "Oriental Religions and Philosophy," lecture (August28, 1993). World Literature Library, Hitchcock Communication Arts Building (CA), Room 303.

Kawabata Yasunari, Snow Country, 1957 film, directed by Shiro Toyoda, VHS videotape, B&W/English subtitles. Approx. 134 min. World Literature Library, Hitchcock Communication Arts Building (CA), Room 303

Noh Theater. Video Cassette: 17 min. Reinert Alumni Library Media Collection: 1274

Noh: The Classical Theater of Japan (1980). Video Cassette: 29 min. Reinert Alumni Library Media Collection: 1276

Tanizaki Junichiro, Sasameyuki: The Makioka Sisters, videorecording, screenplay by Kon Ichikawa; directed by Kon Ichikawa (1993) 2 videodiscs, 140 min, Reinert Alumni Library Media Collection 3038


** Call numbers refer to the collections at Creighton University's Reinert Alumni Library (RAL) Other locations include the World Literature Program Library (Hitchcock Communication Arts Building Room 303) and the English Department's Library (Hitchcock Communication Arts Building Room 305). For assistance with materials held in the World Literature and English Department libraries call (402) 280-2822.


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